There should be no planning obstacles put before applicants seeking grants to rebuild homes destroyed by pyrite. That’s the view of Erris based Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle. The councillor has been highlighting problems with the new grant scheme, the Defective Concrete block grant scheme now available to address the problem.

He says it’s wrong that a home owner with their house crumbling down around them for years, because of pyrite in the building blocks, is now forced to seek planning permission to rebuild their home.

He believes a Part 8 Planning should be available to these applicants, as it would be much simpler and more cost efficient.

The cost of securing planning permission to rebuild the same house is excessive, he argues, for already hard pressed mortgage holders. There are many houses in the Erris area impacted by pyrite.

While a 90 percent grant for works undertaken will be covered by the Defective Concrete Block grant to successful applicants, nonetheless, the home owners, the councillor says are still faced with upfront costs and in addition a 10 percent balance that could be 20,000 euro or more.

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